Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with Emphasis in Marriage & Family Therapy: Daytime Format

Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with Emphasis in Marriage & Family Therapy: Daytime Format

The Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology program will prepare students to serve individuals, couples, families, and groups as a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) or a licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC) in California.

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Become an Expert in Clinical Psychology

This cohort-based program provides students with a clinical and practice-based course of study, exploring the social and psychological implications of socioeconomics and how poverty and social stress affect the ability of individuals, couples, and families to thrive. Employing the practitioner-scholar model of professional training, rigorous coursework is paired with in-depth clinical training, allowing students to develop key clinical skills and gain experience working directly with clients. Upon graduation, students will have met all educational requirements to sit for the LMFT or LPCC licensure exams in the state of California.

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Program Benefits

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  • Access to major-university resources at the #46-ranked university in the US*
  • Outstanding faculty, recognized experts, scholars and clinicians
  • Supervised clinical experience beginning in the second term of the program
  • Dedicated placement team to help find and secure practicum and internship placements
  • Cohort model designed for strong peer support and lifelong professional relationships
  • Small class sizes providing a supportive learning environment and meaningful student-faculty interactions
  • Opportunities to participate in student-lead interest groups, including Psi Chi, Research and Practice Team (RAPT), Spanish Language Enhancement Association for Therapists (SLEAT), and Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS)
  • Extensive networking opportunities through our alumni network with more than 20,000 professionals
  • Access to graduate student housing and amenities at our scenic Malibu campus
  • * U.S. News & Report, Best Colleges Rankings, National Universities

Campus Locations

(Please note that your campus of choice cannot be guaranteed. Campus offerings are contingent upon availability and subject to change.)

Career Outcomes

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

A licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) is a highly trained mental health professional who helps families deal with relationship and behavioral problems.

Marriage and family therapists often work with married couples and families work through various issues of emotion and crisis, such as divorce, mental disorder, and a family member's death.

Clients may include couples considering divorce, individuals dealing with family death or children living in foster homes.

LMFTs can operate in a variety of clinical and hospital environments and require licensing to practice.

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

Licensed professional clinical counselors (LPCC) are professionals in mental health who work to help people solve their psychological, emotional and substance abuse issues. These professionals typically specialized in such areas such as school, family, substance abuse and mental health.

While each specialty has its own responsibilities, the majority of counselors conduct individual or group therapy sessions to identify the problematic issues facing their patient.

Licensed professional counselors use therapy and other means to evaluate and treat patients to help them solve their problems. Individuals interested in this profession will need a graduate degree plus state licensing.

Clinical Director
Clinical Director

A clinical director is responsible for overseeing and developing the clinical departments of an organization through tasks such as hiring, assessing, scheduling, and supervision.

These professionals are responsible for developing strategies to allow their staff and interns to continue growing and provide clinical training.

Using excellent critical thinking abilities, a clinical director should be able to solve problems quickly and effectively.

Employment Potential


Job Growth

The number of jobs in Individual and Family Services is expected to grow 23%*

Employment Demand

California has the nation's highest employment demand for graduates of Clinical Psychology master's programs**

*U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2017
**2017-2018 Burning Glass Report on Employment Potential for Selected Programs

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